by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
World Extreme Cagefighting has announced the full fight card for its next event, WEC 33: Filho vs. Sonnen 2 on March 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In the main event, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will defend his title once again against Chael Sonnen. Their first encounter ended in controversy. After Filho locked on an armbar, Sonnen screamed in pain and the referee halted the fight, but Sonnen argues that he never gave up.
In the co-main event, light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall defends his title against U.S. Marine Brian Stann. Marshall comes off a quick submission victory over Ariel Gandulla at WEC 31, while Stann stopped Jeremiah Billington with strikes at WEC 30.
In a welterweight title eliminator, Xtreme Couture fighter John Alessio takes on Midwest wrestler Brock Larson. Current champion Carlos Condit has submitted both fighters, but now one of them will earn the chance for redemption.
Texan fighter Marcus Hicks faces off with eccentric karate stylist Ed Ratcliff in a lightweight title eliminator. Hicks comes off a submission victory over Alaskan fighter Scott McAfee at WEC 30, while Ratcliff finished UFC veteran Alex Karalexis with strikes at WEC 31. The winner will become next in line for a shot at current WEC lightweight champion Jaime Varner.
Popular UFC veteran Rich Crunkilton returns to action, taking on Midwest lightweight Sergio Gomez. Crunkilton comes off a stoppage loss to Rob McCullough at WEC 31, while Marcus Hicks at WEC 27 submitted Gomez.
WEC Middleweight Championship Bout:
Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen
WEC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout:
Doug Marshall vs. Brian Stann
John Alessio vs. Brock Larson
Marcus Hicks vs. Ed Ratcliff
Rich Crunkilton vs. Sergio Gomez
Bryan Baker vs. Logan Clark
Kenji Osawa vs. Chris Manuel
Alex Serdyukov vs. Ryan Stonitch
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Tim McKenzie vs. Steve Cantwell
Hiromitsu Miura vs. Blas Avena